Disappearing Himalayan glaciers

Spearheaded by David Breashears, who was made famous by being the first American to summit Everest twice, GlacierWorks has the following mission statement:

Founded by acclaimed mountaineer, photographer, and filmmaker David Breashears, GlacierWorks is a non-profit organization that vividly illustrates the changes to Himalayan glaciers through art, science, and adventure. Since 2007, GlacierWorks has undertaken ten expeditions to document the current state of the glaciers, retracing the steps of pioneering mountain photographers in order to capture new images that precisely match the early photographic records. Over the past five years, they have recorded losses and changes to glaciers that are inaccessible to all but the most skilled climbers.

Of the many interesting and valuable things on the website, THIS ridiculously awesome image of the Everest Base Camp (EBC) and Everest itself is well worth the time to explore. Take time to zoom down on base camp to check the setup and the numbers of tents. You can get in super close on the Khumbu ice fall and other parts of the mountain. If you  look closely, you can even pick out teams of individuals ascending their routes up Everest. A thread at SummitPost found as many as 52 climbers in the image, on their way up the mountain.

Of note, EBC (South) is at an altitude of nearly 17,600 feet. Once of the things that struck me when viewing this image for the first time was that the mountain actually doesn’t look terribly imposing in this view. But the key to remember is that base camp itself, in the image, is at 17,600 feet. With a summit above 29,000 feet, the distance between base camp and the summit is roughly 12,000 feet!


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